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Uniform row at Ebbsfleet Academy sees students turned away from school gates for three days

PUBLISHED: 17:13 08 September 2016 | UPDATED: 17:13 08 September 2016

Ebbsfleet Valley (credit: Land Securities)

Ebbsfleet Valley (credit: Land Securities)

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The students reportedly had the wrong bag

Children heading back to school this week were reportedly turned away at the gates this week, in a row over uniform.

Ebbsfleet Academy reportedly turned students away as they returned from the summer holidays, for failings in their uniform.

A concerned parent told The Reporter she felt ‘humiliated’ by the ordeal, which meant her child missed most of the first week of term.

She claimed the school had turned away her child after her bag was not strictly in line with the school’s new uniform policy.

She said: “The school told us over the summer how we needed either a blue or black bag.

“When we arrived I was told it needed to either be specifically a satchel or a backpack, rather than just a normal bag.”

“They didn’t even say ‘alright just bring a bag in next week’, my child has missed three days of school.

“She was quite presentable, they were just turning kids away at the door.”

The parent confirmed she had bought a new bag since the incident, and expected her child to return to the school today (Thursday).

She added: “I feel like I’ve been humiliated, I can’t afford to go out and buy two bags as well as all the other uniform, it’s very, very difficult.

“I’ve spoken to the council, but they can’t do anything because it’s an academy.

“It’s like they’re a business they can just create their own rules.”

Ebbsfleet Academy could not confirm how many children had been turned away because of their uniform.

A spokesperson from the school said: “The academy, along with other good schools, have very clear rules about school uniform, including schools bags.

“This is a rule that all parents received a letter about before the summer break, and unfortunately on this occasion the parent just wants to defy the academy’s rules.”

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